You may think if you brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit a dentist every six months for routine cleaning, you’ll never get cavities. Think again. Some people, no matter how devout they are about dental hygiene, still succumb to tooth decay. These might be the same people who stay away from sodas or foods loaded with sugar. If we follow all the protocols of proper dental care and still get cavities, it can be the result of our genetic makeup.
60% of the risk in developing cavities is based on genes. Since they determine the structure of your enamel, the genes you inherit from mom and dad determine whether your enamel is soft or hard. If you have soft enamel, more bacteria can dig into your teeth, resulting in increased cavities.
If your parents had cavities, it’s likely you’ll develop at least one cavity during your lifetime. Another factor that increases the likelihood of tooth decay includes low mineral content in saliva, which causes pH levels to decrease and dissolve enamel. In addition, if your teeth are not well aligned, tight teeth provide an ideal home for bacteria. Individuals with weakened immune systems also have an increased chance of dental caries.
Although genetics play an important role in tooth decay, it’s still important to have a strong oral hygiene regimen:
Brush your teeth twice daily – after each meal and before going to sleep
– Use a toothpaste with fluoride
– Floss between your teeth daily, and rinse with a mouthwash containing fluoride
– Eat well-balanced meals and stay away from sugars
– Drink fluoridated water
– Visit a dentist for routine exams and cleanings
To learn more about your options and to discuss a personalized treatment plan, contact our professional team at Riverview Family Dental. Call (519) 813-9090 to make your appointment today!